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Election Commission's Message No. 3/ER/96/JUD-II, Dated : 18th September, 1997 addressed to Chief Electoral Officers, Assam, Dispur. and Repeated to Chief Electoral officers of all other States and Union Territories.
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SUBJECT:- ORDER OF ARRANGEMENT OF NAMES ON POSTAL BALLOT TO BE SAME AS IN FORM 7A (LIST OF CONTESTING CANDIDATES).

REFERENCE YOUR FAX MESSAGE DATED 17TH SEPTEMBER, 1996 (.) ATTENTION IN THIS CONNECTION IS INVITED TO SUB-RULE (2) OF RULE 30 OF THE CONDUCT OF ELECTIONS RULES, 1961 WHICH PROVIDES THAT "THE NAMES OF THE CANDIDATES SHALL BE ARRANGED ON THE BALLOT PAPER IN THE SAME ORDER IN WHICH THEY APPEAR IN THE LIST OF CONTESTING CANDIDATES" (.)

2. AS PER REVISED FROM 7A - LIST OF CONTESTING CANDIDATES-NAME OF THE CANDIDATES HAVE TO BE ARRANGED UNDER THREE CATEGORIES I.E. (I) CANDIDATES OF RECOGNISED NATIONAL AND STATE POLITICAL PARTIES, (II) CANDIDATES OF REGISTERED POLITICAL PARTIES (OTHER THAN RECOGNISED NATIONAL AND STATE POLITICAL PARTIES), (III) OTHER CANDIDATES (.) THEREFORE NAMES OF CANDIDATES HAVE TO BE ARRANGED ON THE BALLOT PAPERS IN THE SAME ORDER UNDER THESE CATEGORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER OF NAMES IN EACH CATEGORY HOWEVER THE ABOVE MENTIONED THREE CATEGORY HEADINGS AS GIVEN IN THE REVISED FROM 7A SHOULD NOT REPEAT NOT APPEAR ON THE BALLOT PAPERS (.)

TO : SECRETARY ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA, NEW DELHI

FROM : CHIEF ELECTORAL OFFICER, ASSAM, DISPUR

NO. ELE. 41/96/152 DATED DISPUR THE 17TH SEPTEMBER 1996 (.) REFERENCE PARA 10(TEN) OF THE COMMISSION'S LETTER NO. 3/ER/96-JUD. II, DATED 9/8/96 READ WITH CHAPTER 10 (TEN) OF THE HAND BOOK FOR RETURNING OFFICERS 1994 (REPRINT 1996) REGARDING PRINTING OF POSTAL BALLOT PAPERS AND ORDINARY BALLOT PAPERS (.) AS PER AMENDED LAW THE NAMES OF CANDIDATES IN THE LIST OF VALIDLY NOMINATED CANDIDATES (COMMA) LIST OF CONTESTING CANDIDATES AND IN THE BALLOT PAPERS SHALL HAVE TO BE ARRANGED ACCORDING TO THE CLASSIFICATION INTO THREE CATEGORIES AND THE NAMES OF THE CANDIDATES SHALL HAVE TO BE ARRANGED IN EACH CATEGORY IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER (.) NOW IN THE REVISED FROM 7A THAT IS THE LIST OF CONTESTING CANDIDATES THE NAMES OF THE CANDIDATES ARE REQUIRED TO BE SHOWN IN THREE CATEGORIES UNDER THE SPECIFIC HEADINGS NAMELY (ONE) CANDIDATES OF RECOGNISED NATIONAL AND STATE POLITICAL PARTIES (TWO) CANDIDATES OF REGISTERED POLITICAL PARTIES (OTHER THAN RECOGNISED NATIONAL AND STATE POLITICAL PARTIES) AND (THREE) OTHER CANDIDATES AND THE NAMES OF THE CANDIDATES SHALL HAVE TO BE ARRANGED IN EACH CATEGORY IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER (.) BUT THE SPECIFICATION FOR PRINTING OF BALLOT PAPERS HAVE NOT BEEN CHANGED (.) AS SUCH IT IS NOT CLEAR WHETHER THE HEADING OF THE ABOVE THREE CATEGORIES SHOULD BE PRINTED ON THE BALLOT PAPERS OR WHETHER THE NAMES OF THE CANDIDATES SHOULD BE PRINTED ON THE BALLOT PAPER IN THE SAME ORDER AS SHOWN IN THE LIST OF CONTESTING CANDIDATES WITHOUT THE HEADINGS (.) IF THE HEADING OF THE THREE CATEGORIES AS ABOVE ARE REQUIRED TO BE PRINTED ON THE BALLOT PAPER TO MAKE THE BALLOT PAPER IN THE SAME GET UP AS THE LIST OF CONTESTING CANDIDATES (COMMA) IN THAT CASE THE SPECIFICATION FOR PRINTING OF BALLOT PAPERS WOULD REQUIRE MODIFICATION (.) PARA (.) COMMISSION IS THEREFORE REQUESTED KINDLY TO CLARIFY THE MATTER AND GIVE INSTRUCTIONS AS TO HOW BALLOT PAPERS ARE TO BE PRINTED BECAUSE OF THE CHANGE IN THE FORMAT OF THE LIST OF THE CONTESTING CANDIDATES IN FORM 7A (.) COMMISSION'S INSTRUCTION IS SOLICITED AT AN EARLY DATE (.)

COPY TO :-


1. The O/C, I.S.P.W., Dispur for immediate transmission of the above message. as CRASH.

Post copy in confirmation to:-

2. The secretary, Election Commission of India, Nirvachan Sadan, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001



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